Please help me fix this bush!!


Spring is here!! And this is a serious eye sore!! I dont want to get rid of it. For privacy reasons...

q please help me fix this bush
  15 answers
  • Mogie Mogie on Mar 31, 2021

    All brown shrubs don’t have the same back story. Your shrubs could’ve turned brown for a number of reasons, including:

    • Extreme temperature: Frigid weather can shock shrubs into a brown cast, and extreme heat can turn shrub leaves dry and dull, too.
    • Drastic weather changes: Warm weather in winter prompts shrubs to start growing, but if there’s a sudden temperature drop, that growth stops in its tracks. If the ground is still frozen, the shrubs can’t soak up enough water from the soil to keep new growth green, so it turns brown instead.
    • Pests or disease: Insects like borers or a disease like boxwood blight can cause shrubs to change color.
    • Water problems: Both too much and too little water can stress a shrub out and cause it to turn brown.
    • Fertilizer overload: Pouring too much fertilizer into plant beds can essentially burn your shrubs by increasing salt levels in the soil.

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Mar 31, 2021

    Hi there! After addressing why the bush turned brown in that spot I would trim it all up and then consider a small surround of it. Lattice would work. You could make a box of lattice with a 4x4 post in each inside corner for support. Then you could paint the lattice to match your house colors. It would cover up the brown spot on your bush and even provide a nice place for growing vines etc.

  • William William on Mar 31, 2021

    I would cut out the damage and give a haircut.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Mar 31, 2021

    Hi! I agree that trimming it will solve your problem. Good luck!

  • Vanessa NOfeelingz Vanessa NOfeelingz on Mar 31, 2021

    Thank yall soo much. I will start with the trim.

  • Rebecca Rebecca on Mar 31, 2021

    Pruning the dead branches will let in the sunlight and new growth should start back in that spot. A bit of pruning on the rest of the bush can help shape it until the new growth comes in.

  • on Mar 31, 2021

    You’re in luck. It looks like a boxwood and they love trimming. Cut away the dead branches and it should fill in healthy and green. :)

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Apr 01, 2021


    Cut out the dead and spray with a Plant Reviver. It should grow back in time.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Apr 01, 2021

    You can cut out the dead area and it should be fine. I have a few boxwoods in my backyard, along a retaining wall. I feed them every 2 weeks with a micronutrient to help encourage growth. You can do that, or some other food, to help fill in the area you cut back.

  • Just give a little trim. Maybe have someone come and sculpt it into a topiary

  • Betsy Betsy on Apr 01, 2021

    Hi Vanessa: Cut out the dead parts, it will fill in soon enough. No need to get rid of the bush, just the dead areas :)

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Apr 02, 2021


    When you start watering the bush again now that it is springtime, you will want to make sure that the maximum amount of water does go down to the roots and does not just flow away.

    Most bushes of this type accumulate dead leaves and fall-time debris at the bottom of the plant down by the stem, and underneath the bush over the winter. Cleaning out this clogging will help give the new growth space to push out and fill in the damaged areas.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Apr 02, 2021

    Could be from people passing through there even though there is a short fence, trim away the dead and it should regrow. A barrier for foot traffic might help.

  • Karn Duke Karn Duke on Apr 02, 2021

    You might consider in addition to trimming out the dead area, for immediate visual effect - go to a nursery and find a matching plant, but smaller, to this one and plant it close in where it can fill in the open space. You may want to trim them as separate plants or possibly trim them so that they look like one plant.

  • Dee Dee on Apr 04, 2021

    I would trim it down as much as I could, It is not dead, just needs some love and fertilizer.